In a dictatorial regime you only get orders, there are no recommendations.No, there were only recommendations by various public officials. These are not orders. And they are not the type of "recommendation" you get in a dictatorial regime.
So in point of fact you were wrong, and yes it's a significant difference.
But I see that you're apparently happy to give credit where it's due, except if you have reservations, and if somebody removes those reservations, you find other reasons not to give credit where it's due.
You truly sincerely believe that recommendations are presented without offering you your options if you chose disregard them, in the most democratic manner?!
You truly sincerely believe that the possibility of class action lawsuits as a consequence of people getting infected over disregarding the official recommendations was not considered as a deciding factor?!
I rest my case.